The Mets cleared the coaching deck for their next head of baseball operations, although they considered a coach too valuable to Jettison as a whole.
As previously reported by SNY, the Mets will retain pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, although not necessarily in that role, as the club places a team option on his contract. Hefner, 35, is highly regarded by the current Mets brass – team president Sandy Alderson picked him in the fifth round of the 2007 amateur draft and then remitted Hefner to the Mets in 2011 – and a new manager to hold the figures. Strong shot of coaching the pitcher of 2022 under. The Mets dismissed Luis Rojas earlier this week.
The rest of Rojas’s coaches received less encouraging news. Hitting coaches Hugh Quattelbaum and Kevin Howard, who replaced Chili Davis and Tom Slater in the middle of the 2021 season, will return to the minor leagues they came from.
Remaining major-league staff – Jeremy Accardo (assistant pitching), Ricky Bones (bulpening), Gary Desarcina (3rd base), Dave Joss (bench), Brian Schneider (quality control) and Tony Tarasco (first base, outfielder and baserunning) – other organizations will be allowed to search for jobs.
Hefner would not have the certainty of the job until the Mets appointed their next manager, which in turn would not happen until the Mets selected a person to run their baseball operations. With former Red Sox and Cubs hero Theo Epstein out of the running, the Mets’ top two choices are considered the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Bean and the Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns.
Both are under contract with their respective teams and therefore will need a lot of compensation in return for their salvation.